Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has announced plans to contest the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season with two of its SCG 007 Le Mans Hypercars.
While the American automaker was already known to be working towards a WEC debut in next year’s series, it wasn’t certain how many entries would be pursued.
Both of the cars will be run by the in-house factory SCG team which has been a regular competitor in the Nürburgring 24 for the last few years.
Company founder Jim Glickenhaus told Sportscar365 in April that the WEC’s move to a single-year calendar format, which resulted in a six-month delay to the LMH formula’s debut, made a full-season endeavor attainable.
The team’s initial aim of rolling out its car by September would have likely resulted in it missing the start of the season under the WEC’s now-discarded 2020-21 format.
While the 2021 calendar has not yet been released, SCG plans to join the grid from the first race in March before going on to tackle the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time.
According to a program update issued on Thursday, SCG is “moving rapidly” towards its WEC and Le Mans goal, and has “finalized” the engineering of its chassis.
It reports that dyno testing of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 Pipo Moteurs engine will begin next month, while track testing is still penciled in to start later this year.
SCG has also completed wind tunnel testing of the car with a 60 percent scale model.
The 007 Le Mans Hypercar is being developed by Italian firm Podium Advanced Technologies, which has also built the company’s Nürburgbring 24 GT cars.
“Ever since I listened to the 24 Hours of Le Mans on my ham radio as a young boy I’ve dreamed of building a car to compete at Le Mans,” said Glickenhaus. “I’m so happy that we are getting there.”
ACO president Pierre Fillon added: “This exciting announcement emphasizes the allure of our new top class.
“Incidentally, I should underline Glickenhaus’ great achievements both in building and promoting this machine.
“I would also like to thank Glickenhaus and all our manufacturers for their contribution to the discipline and their faith in our plans for the future of endurance racing.”
Toyota, which is also building a Le Mans Hypercar, tweeted that Glickenhaus’ confirmation is “fantastic to see” and that the manufacturer is “looking forward” to competing against the two-car effort in 2021.